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Drums Of Heaven

Akum Raj Jamir
Drums of heaven is crispy fried chicken lollipop tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce. This is an absolute favourite of kids as well as adults and especially those who loves Chinese food with the right balance of sweetness and spiciness. This Indian-Chinese chicken lollipop is a perfect party appetizer!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, starter
Cuisine Chinese, Indo chinese
Servings 12 Count


  • Frying pan
  • Ladle
  • mixie
  • 240 ml measuring cup set
  • mixing bowls


Chicken Lollipop Marination:

  • 12 large chicken lollipop
  • ½ teaspoon  black pepper crushed
  • ½ teaspoon pink salt
  • 1 teaspoon  red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon  dark soya sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sweet chilli
  • 1 teaspoon  ginger garlic paste
  • 1 egg 

Chicken Lollipop Coatimg:

  • 5-6 tablespoon  all purpose flour (maida)
  • 3 tablespoon  cornflour  (cornstarch)

Chicken Lollipop Sauce:

  • 2 teaspoon  white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon  dark soya sauce
  • 2 teaspoon  chilli sauce 
  • 2 teaspoon  tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon  sugar (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon pink salt
  • 2 tablespoon  cornflour  (cornstarch)
  • 1-2 tablespoon  water or as required

Making Drums Of Heaven:

  • 2 tablespoon  oil (use the same oil used for frying chicken)
  • ½ inch ginger  finely chopped
  • 8-10 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 6 large Kashmiri red chilly
  • 4-5 green chilli finely chopped (optional or use as per taste)
  • 5-6 spring onion greens

Other Ingredients:

  • 1-1½ cup sunflower oil or vegetable
  • water as required (optional) (to adjust the saucy texture)


Making the Kashmiri red chilly paste:

  • Take the Kashmiri red chillies and roughly break them into two. Add in hot water and submerge the chillies in the hot water. Cover and keep aside for 5-10 minutes.
  • Now drain off the water and grind them into a paste. I used mixie to grind them. Keep side. (You can use blender or mortar and pestle to pound them)

Marinating the chicken lollipop:

  • In a large bowl add in all the ingredients listed under marination and mix everything well so that the chicken lollipops are coated well with the marination.
  • Cover and keep aside while you make the other preparation of the dish. If you have time you can marinate it for atleast 30 minutes or longer.

Coating the marinated lollipop:

  • Take the marinated chicken lollipop and add in the all purpose flour and cornflour.
  • Mix everything well together. Preferably use hand so that the lollipops are coated well with the batter.

Making The Sauce:

  • In a small bowl add in all the ingredients listed under the sauce. Mix well to combine. Make sure it is lumps free. Keep aside.

Frying The Chicken Lollipop:

  • Start by heating enough oil in a deep frying pan.
  • When the oil is heated, reduce the flame and add in the chicken lollipop. Fry them in batches, do not over crowd the pan.
  • Fry the chicken lollipop over medium flame for 5-7 minutes until it is nice and crispy and golden brown.
  • Remove them onto a plate and keep it aside. Continue with the rest of the lollipops. 

Making The Drums Of Heaven:

  • Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. (Use the oil used in frying the lollipop)
  • Add in chopped ginger and garlic. Saute for 30 seconds. 
  • Add in chopped onion and saute until it turns soft and translucent.
  • Add in the Kashmiri red chilly paste and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add in the chopped green chilly and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add in the sauce mixture and mix well to combine. Saute for about 1 minute until the sauce starts to thicken and becomes sticky.
  • Now toss in the crispy fried chicken lollipop in the sauce and toss it well to coat the lollipop evenly with the sauce. Toss it for about a minute and turn off the heat.
  • Sprinkle the chopped spring onion greens and give a quick toss.
  • Serve it hot as it is or with your favourite dipping sauce. Enjoy!



  1. Try using large size chicken wings for best result. 
  2. You can also add szechuan sauce in the sauce mixture. 
  3. You can use other Chinese sauces for added taste and flavor. 
  4. Kashmiri red chilly will give a nice red colour to the lollipop. 
  5. Adding sugar is optional
  6. You can also sprinkle chopped coriander leaves, taste really good.
Keyword chicken appetizer, chicken starter, chinese recipe, sweet and spicy